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Wednesday, January 26 2011

So “Cool Cymru”, Part Three: Welsh Wits

Like that other seven-piece Welsh combo, Goldie Lookin Chain, Los Campesinos! are comedic chroniclers of a particular youth demographic.


Tuesday, January 25 2011

The Past Is Never Past: How Country Music Remembers

Each year brings a slew of rock 'n' roll reissues or tributes, celebrating the anniversary of landmark albums from the past. Country music, however, tends to view its past differently.


Thursday, January 13 2011

Lil’ Pookie’s America: Some Big Shoes to Fill

How can a kid from the 'hood today measure up to the likes of Duke Ellington? or Hank Aaron? A mythical boy from the 'hood meets these major black American figures through three recent books: 'Duke Ellington's America', 'The Last Hero' and 'Willie Mays'.


Tuesday, January 4 2011

Private Universe: Crowded House Salvages 2010

One concert experience can be a magic reminder of why you fell in love with music in the first place.


Monday, January 3 2011

Deciphering the Jay-Z Code

He's got 99 problems but a book ain't one. Jay-Z's nonlinear memoir illuminates rap as personal narrative, lyric poetry, and transformative medium.


Sunday, January 2 2011

Modern Guitar Stripped Bare: An Interview with Rez Abbasi

The Pakistani-American jazz guitarist reflects on playing beyond cliché, playing acoustic, finding unity, and making a living.


Thursday, December 23 2010

Soundscape Mix #11: Happy Holidays

The holidays are full of dreadful music being pumped from every speaker in every commercial business. May the latest from Soundscape provide you with a pleasant respite of solace, a bit of shelter from all the pop star vanity and pseudo-comedic novelty albums that attempt to penetrate your earholes from every angle.


The Best Metal Albums of 2010

In the end, the metal world honored the memory of Ronnie James Dio in the coolest possible way: by making this the best year for new music the genre has seen in a very long time.


Wednesday, December 15 2010

Who Owns Punk History?

A folkloric examination of the interview manuscripts of punk historian Jon Savage and The England's Dreaming Tapes.


Wednesday, December 8 2010

The Weight of Darkness: Inside Agalloch’s Marrow of the Spirit

Agalloch has always created grand, sweeping sonic landscapes over the course of their career. Three members of the Portland, Oregon band take us deep inside their most ambitious album to date.


Tuesday, December 7 2010

Jukebox Justice

As long as internet jukeboxes abound, we open ourselves up to all kinds of sonic disasters.


Thursday, December 2 2010

Bullshit Detectors! The Garage Is an Outside Place, and a Place for Outsiders

As the commune was to hippies, so the garage has been to garage bands and to their proto-punk, punk, and post-punk successors: an enclave where marginalized youth can fantasize or realize their visions of independent alternative art and lifestyles.


Wednesday, December 1 2010

My Life With the Tape Hiss Cult

When we think of our experiences with electronic music, we can follow a thought trail that leads like a Wikipedia article from one incendiary album to many others. Their qualities are not always alike but for one: the nostalgic thread that runs through them.


Tuesday, November 30 2010

Rebirth in the Tremé: New Orleans Ascendent

When the band broke into the repetitive horn line of “Hurricane”, the Tipitina’s crowd went utterly and gloriously berserk, joining the band in screaming “Heeeay!” after certain particularly ripping runs.


Tuesday, November 23 2010

‘Life’: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stone

Because Keith Richards lived the book he’s written, he’s written a book that lives on.


Wednesday, November 17 2010

Hip-Hop’s Laboratory of Language

What do William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, Ice Cube, and Ghostface Killah have in common? Finally, they all appear in anthologies.


Tuesday, November 16 2010

Rosanne Cash: More Than Just a Legend’s Daughter

Rosanne Cash’s lyricism plays on the page as if she’s on stage with guitar in hand. You can hear the music as you read. PopMatters Jaime Karnes talks with this gifted writer of songs and stories.


Thursday, November 11 2010

Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock

What the world really needs is a straight-up account of one of the most important rock groups of all time. Now we have it in the form of music scribe Andrew Earles.


Jimi Hendrix, the Patron Saint of Alt-Blackness

Forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix looms larger - and deeper - than ever within the black cultural pantheon. Even though he wasn't really 'black'.


Tuesday, November 9 2010

Paul Robeson: A Resonant Voice That Will Never Be Fully Silenced

Modern day 'political' celebrities can't hold a candle to Paul Robeson, who always flaunted his politics even when it was perhaps most dangerous to do so.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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